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Extension and research at NC State address timely issues impacting our state. Extension delivers trusted information directly into the hands of farmers and agribusinesses, helping them translate knowledge into solutions that grow our economy and communities.

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Forage Tour

Join us for an evening pasture walkthrough at Running T Farms with owners Josh and Brandi Teague. Focused on …

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July Garden Calendar

Fertilizing We recommend giving landscape plants a second (last) feeding of fertilizer. Planting Begin your fall vegetable garden this month, planting …

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Alexander County Farmers Market

The Alexander County Farmers Market is starting back on Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 8 a.m.–noon! We will be located …

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Weed of the Week

This week’s weed is yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus). Yellow nutsedge is a perennial weed that can spread quickly into …

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Pool Owners BEWARE!!

Two invasive insects have been found in neighboring states, the Asian longhorned beetle in South Carolina and the spotted lanternfly in Virginia. Oddly enough, both …

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Mud Management for Livestock Farms

We have had unprecedented amounts of rainfall the last three winters, and this has led to significant mud problems across …

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Visit NC Farm App

Are you the owner or operator of a farm, pick-your-own farm, farmers market, local food & drink establishment, local …

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Small Farms Week

We are kick-starting our Small Farms Week Celebration with a canned food drive and submission of a farmer or …

Pesticide Classes Available in February

N.C. Cooperative Extension-Alexander County Center will be offering two ONLINE Pesticide Classes. The Commercial Pesticide Class will be held on …

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Piedmont Winter Grains Meeting

The Piedmont Winter Grains Meeting will be held on January 12, 2021, from 10 a.m. to noon. This meeting …

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Fire Ants Are Here

There have been multiple reports of fire ants in Alexander County in the southern and eastern portion of the counties. …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

Visitors enjoy the pumpkin season at a farm in North Carolina

Four Lessons to Build Resilience in Agritourism

This publication documents the lessons learned by agritourism operators whose businesses were impacted by the …

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Miscanthus: An Environmental Choice for Marginal Lands

This publication discusses the environmental benefits of planting miscanthus — a tall, perennial grass — …

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What Is Solar?

This factsheet serves as an overview for North Carolinians interested in learning about the different …

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Figure 1. Farm locations of study participants.

North Carolina Women’s Success in Agritourism: Turning Challenges into Opportunities

This publication presents the results of interviews with women in agritourism across North Carolina. It …

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Conducting a Bioassay For Herbicide Residues

General guidelines on how to conduct a bioassay for herbicide residues in soil.

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Market Gardens For Small Farms in North Carolina

This guide provides an overview of market gardens for small and beginning farmers in North …

Biosecurity Guidelines for Pork Producers

The success of a biosecurity program depends on the resources the farm manager is willing …

7/9/21
Graph of H-2A positions certified in NC 2016-2021

The H-2A Visa Program in North Carolina

The H-2A visa program is growing rapidly in North Carolina. The number of positions certified …

7/9/21